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Chief Minister blames BJP for playing divisive politics Chief Minister blames BJP for playing divisive politics Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Virbhadra Singh turned table on opposition BJP today indicating that he was implicated in false cases on behest of its leaders. Mr. Singh who was addressing a public gathering in his assembly segment in this district alleged that BJP leaders of this hill state had always indulged in playing divisive politics. Charging saffron party for tactic he said that its leaders were trying to implicate him in false cases. Expressing confidence that recent CBI probe would not damage him at all stating that rather than harming his reputation these cases made me stronger, octogenarian leader asserted. ”I am sure that propaganda and cheap tactics would not last longer as truth prevails in the end” he said adding that citizens of this nation are well educated and would not become an easy prey of such tactics. Advising BJP leaders to shun mean character assassination Mr. Singh said they should accept the truth that incumbent congress rule is committed for all-round and speedy development of the entire state. Chief minister charged that his government had lodged cases against State Cricket Association led by BJP member of Lok Sabha from Hamirpur Mr. Anurag Thakur as during last BJP rule valuable land worth crores of rupees was handed over to the cricket body to raise five star hotels and cricket stadium at Dharamsala. Mr. Singh said that this land was shown barren after axing hundreds of trees standing on it. Overnight HPCA was converted to a company comprising of 25 members most of them are kith and kin of the former Chief Minsiter Prem Kumar Dhumal. He has demanded that HPCA should be registered under the co-operative act.

Cheif Minister and Governor expresses grief over bus accident

Himachal Pradesh Governor Urmila Singh and Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh have expressed grief over the HRTC bus accident in which 9 persons have been killed and 54 were injured. The bus was on its way from Shimla to Pehlog of Chopal area. The mishap took place at Nakora Bridge (Dhawas) on Tuesday.

The Chief Minister directed the district administration to provide immediate relief to the next of kin of the deceased and ensure best treatment to the injured, besides financial assistance to them. He wished speedy recovery of the injured and peace to the departed souls.

Transport Minister Shri G.S. Bali while expressing grief over the bus mishap, ordered magisterial inquiry into the cause of the bus accident. He also directed the Director Transport to release Rs. one lakh as ex-Gratia relief to the kin of the deceased.

Free ambulance service would be provided to the injured to be shifted to IGMC, Shimla and other hospitals.

An immediate relief of Rs. 10,000 had been given to the kin of the deceased by local administration, said Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Chopal.

He said that team of doctors were rushed to the accident site along with police and home guard jawans to provide first aid to the injured and to monitor relief and rescue operations.

Irrigation and Public Health Minister Smt. Vidya Stokes, Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur, Power Minister Sujan Singh Pathania, Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Industrial Minister Mukesh Agnihotri, Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma, Excise and Taxation Minister Shri Prakash Chaudhary, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister (Retd.) Col. Dr. Dhani Ram Shandil, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Shri Anil Sharma and all chief parliamentary secretaries have also expressed grief over the bus accident.

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